Biden’s Day One Executive Actions Take Aim at Key Planks of Trump Era

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In what seems to be an emerging norm for the executive branch, US President Joe Biden has wasted no time in dismantling key planks of his predecessor’s agenda.

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Freedom and Fair Justice for Moldova’s Imprisoned Anti-Corruption Prosecutor

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The political persecution of Moldova’s Anti-Corruption Prosecutor stands as President Sandu’s first big test in office.

FLASH:IEA Reduces Oil Demand Forecast for 2021

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Weak oil demand is projected to persist through the first half of 2021, compounding divisions within the OPEC+ cartel.

US Stimulus: Biden Era to Open with a Fiscal Bang

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The Biden administration has proposed a bold – and expensive – stimulus package to reinvigorate the US economy, and its legislative path will say a lot about how US politics will operate over the next two years.

The Dawn of a New 30 Years’ Crisis

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The Trump era will have lasting repercussions for US power and the structure of the global system.

In Thailand’s Deep South, COVID-19 Leaves Peace Talks with the BRN On Hold

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The emergence of COVID-19 delayed peace talks between the Thai government and southern rebels last year. A year on, the pandemic is still complicating any restart.

China Scrambles to Contain COVID-19 Outbreak ahead of Lunar New Year

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Mass lockdowns and temporary COVID-19 hospitals have returned to China, and the timing couldn’t be worse.

Resurgent COVID-19 Looms over Asia’s Economic Recovery

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Asia is expected to lead the way in a post-COVID global economic recovery, but a new upsurge in COVID-19 cases highlights how the region is not out of the woods yet.

Turning Inward: GCC Sovereign Wealth Funds Reinvent Themselves in the COVID Era

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Trump Unveils a New Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific

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Outlook 2021: A New Dawn for the European Union?


With Brexit now in the past, what will the future hold for the European Union?

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